Fall weather is right around the corner and I can’t wait! My sister is pregnant and due any day. So this past week we were talking all about babies. She asked how do we keep our babies warm at night? More specifically, how do you dress a newborn, infant or toddler to stay warm without putting a blanket in his or her crib!?
This got my thinking. Over the years I’ve found different sleep sacks, onesies and wool outfits we couldn’t live without.
We want our baby to be safe at night, but like any first time mom I worried “Is she too hot?” or “Is she too cold?”
So in this post I’m sharing with you three ways to keep your kids warm at night (without blankets or chemicals).
I’m already planning what to do with our 3 year old son this fall. He never keeps a blanket on at night!
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Before we get to the sleep outfit options…first let’s talk about the perfect sleep environment. Just how cold should your baby’s room be at night?
According to sleep.org, a sleep environment of 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended for your best chance at a good night’s rest. They also note toddlers may like a slightly warmer room. For kids, 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit may be better.
So how do you know what the temperature is? Our baby monitor tells us the temperature in our kid’s rooms. We also have the ecobee thermostat which allows us to monitor the temperatures in the upstairs bedrooms with sensors.
We don’t keep an extremely warm house in the cooler months and for safety reasons we didn’t put blankets in the cribs when our kids were infants.
So what are the best ways to keep your baby warm at night?
Here are the three ways we keep our kids warm. Also note, we try our best to avoid flame retardant pajamas. They are often soaked in chemicals and can impact your children’s health (read this article from the Cleveland Clinic and you’ll want to avoid flame retardant too!).
First option, the sleep sack.
For warmer weather we went with the cotton HALO SleepSack. I liked that it was made from 100% cotton and it was the perfect top layer to long sleeved pajamas. We used different sizes from about 1 month old to 2-2.5 years of age. It’s perfect for fall or spring weather, but once it gets colder you’ll want something warmer.
A warmer option is the Woolino 4 Seasons Wearable Blanket (2 months to 2 years). They also have it in a toddler size (from 2 to 4 years of age). I know, it’s expensive and I hesitated to buy it, but it was SO worth the investment. It is incredibly soft and cozy.
I was also drawn to it because the merino wool helps regulate our son’s body temperature and we could use it year round. It kept him warm in the coldest winter (especially since I said he never kept a blanket on at age 2!).
Another warmer option is the fleece HALO SleepSack. It’s less expensive which is a plus and it’s cozy. Though it could possibly be easier to overheat in because it doesn’t breathe like cotton or merino wool. So we alternated this with the wool sleep sack.
Second option, layer clothing!
We chose this option when our son was first born. He didn’t like being swaddled and I wasn’t sure how to keep him warm at night. So I’d put a snug Burt’s Bees Baby onesie or bodysuit on first, then layer with a warmer sleeper. We also love the Hanna Andersson pajamas. They are so cozy and a bit thicker. For the spring and fall this was perfect.
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For cooler months you may want to consider a merino wool coverall. We used this with our daughter and son. It was snugger than a sleep sack (which made me feel like it was a bit safer) and the wool helped regulate their temperature. So they never got too hot or too cold.
Third option, wool pajamas.
Above I shared our favorite wool sleep sack and wool overall, but the other option is wool pajamas. There are so many to choose from so how do you find the best? We love merino wool because it is breathable and provides natural temperature regulation (see more benefits here).
It is more expensive than cotton pajamas, but you don’t have to wash it as often and it dries quickly! So when my son used to leak through his diaper at night, it wouldn’t get all over his crib with the merino wool.
That is three ways we keep our kids the correct temperature at night worrying about them getting tangled in a blanket.
So what about you? How do you keep your baby warm at night without a blanket? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!